Have you ever tried to write your life story in six words? An interesting little exercise. Try it sometime.
Would this be easier: How about a passage of Scripture that sums up your journey? I know, there’s likely many passages that you read and think, “Yup, that was me,” or “That’s exactly how it is for me now.” But if you had to choose just one, could you?
I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
The cords of death entangled me,
the anguish of the grave came upon me;
I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the LORD:
“O LORD, save me!”
The LORD is gracious and righteous,
our God is full of compassion.
The LORD protects the simplehearted;
when I was in great need, he saved me.
Be at rest once more, O my soul,
for the LORD has been good to you.
For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the LORD
in the land of the living.
And while I like this NIV version because it’s so poetic, I also like the New Living Translation of the last verse:
And so I walk in the LORD’s presence
as I live here on earth!
Scripture: Psalm 116:1-9 (NIV), Psalm 116:9 (NLT)
I’m going to try the 6 word exercise today, and immediately the verses which come to mind for me are 1tim1:12-17. Blasphemer, persecutor, aggressor, now shown mercy and placed into service as an example of God’s patience. Praise God for his mercy.
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